Entry 2018: AAB / 136 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
Physiotherapists are experts in human movement.
The prime purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain function, activity and independence, and to prevent injury or illness through information and advice on healthy lifestyles.
Physiotherapists and assistants work across all healthcare settings and cover a wide range of specialisms, often as part of multidisciplinary teams.
Become an Honours-level graduate physiotherapist who can respond to the changing demands of healthcare provision.
Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings. These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care. These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others. We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.
This course is approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory body for Allied Health Professionals. By the end of your studies, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC, and will be eligible to apply for full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
"I've really enjoyed my time at Bradford, the chance to go out on placement and work in the clinic here on campus is a great way to gain hands-on experience which I found really important.
The staff have been incredibly supportive and we're a friendly, close-knit cohort of students. I've made so many friends on the course and in my student accommodation, I'm so glad I came here."
Physiotherapy at Bradford was given 91% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
Studying at Bradford offers you a unique clinical experience – the range of practice placements allow you to develop an understanding of the traditions, values and beliefs in delivering care that is responsive to today’s ethnically diverse society.
Physiotherapy students have access to three well-equipped practical rooms which mirror the facilities available in Outpatient Departments across the country.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in student-led Physiotherapy clinics.
Following graduation and registration, physiotherapists are expected to continue to develop their knowledge and skills, and we offer a variety of short courses and postgraduate study options which allow you to specialise in areas of interest.
Ranked 2nd in the country for Physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2018.
Typical offer: AAB / 136 UCAS points
136 UCAS tariff points from three full A-levels to include a minimum grade B in Biology, Human Biology, Sport Science or PE. General Studies is not accepted.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDD in a relevant Health, Science or Sport subject. Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma applicants will require a minimum of one Biology unit at Distinction.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
136 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science — at least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.
Plus minimum of:
Seven GCSEs with a minimum grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Mathematics, and Biology, Physical Education or Combined Science. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.
Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.
Additional entry requirements:
Occupational Health Screening
All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.
Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.
This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.
All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.
The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.
Disclosure and Barring Service
All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.
For 2017 entry the University will fund the cost of health screening and immunisations, DBS checks and uniforms.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
100% of our 2016 graduates in Physiotherapy found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Physiotherapy is an Allied Health Profession, and opens up a range of dynamic and exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields. Most physiotherapists work in the NHS, but opportunities also arise in the private sector, sport, research, education and industry.
Andy Barker, Head Physiotherapist Leeds Rhinos
The average starting salary for our 2016 Physiotherapy graduates was £22,452.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
The movement laboratory consists of a double height exercise area, a single height exercise area and a research area, all with a state of the art sprung floor. This room is used extensively for the teaching of exercise, neuro-rehabilitation and other practical group activities.
The area is extensively equipped with double width rehab plinths, audio visual equipment, portable rehabilitation equipment, wall bars, exercise machines, and Nintendo Wiis and Wii Fits. The area is also used to rehabilitate patients who access the Faculty’s Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic.
The research space provides a separate area for undergraduate and postgraduate research activities and contains both gait and movement analysis systems and an isokinetic testing machine.
Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Practice Suites
The Faculty has two physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation practice suites which are used for both undergraduate and postgraduate practical teaching activities.
These suites have been designed to simulate physiotherapy outpatient environments, each containing 10 curtained cubicles. They therefore provide a realistic learning environment for physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation activities.
Both rooms are equipped with state of the art audio and visual equipment, and are fully WiFi enabled with laptop stands to allow students to access online learning materials and videos.
They are also extensively equipped with anatomical models, physiology testing and simulation equipment and electrotherapy equipment.
Both rooms are also used for the University’s student led Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic, providing students with the opportunity to assess and treat real patients as part of their training.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £17,560
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.
Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).
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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.